Three Passes Trek

Trip Duration

16 Days

Trip Grade

Moderate

Highest Altitude

5535 m

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge

Transportation

Bus/Car

Group Size

1-10

Best Season

Autumn, Spring

Three Passes Trek Overview

The Everest region is one of the most explored destinations in Nepal as it has so much to offer. Three passes trek which lies in the Everest region is its ultimate trekking adventure, crossing three passes over 5000m, Kongma La (5535m), Cho La (5380m), and Renjo La (5388m).

 

It is important to know that it is one of the most difficult treks and best suited for experienced trekkers. It follows the route of Everest base camp before splitting off and taking you all over 3 passes which offer an amazing view of the Himalayas and Mount Everest.

 

The trail passes through Sagarmatha National Park which includes lots of rare flora and fauna, several Sherpa settlements, remote alpine highland areas, beautiful landscapes, and the Khumbu glacier. Everest three passes trek provides thrill and adventure but requires great physical and mental fitness. Some mountaineering skills are also needed for this trek since the passes are frozen. Three pass trek is relatively less explored than an Everest base camp. So basically, you can enjoy a peaceful journey on the off-beaten path.

 

Marvel Trek is a licensed expedition company. It has been providing the best facilities and services to its climbers since 1998 along with some great experiences. We not only keep your safety as the priority. But also guide you to fulfill your wish of experiencing the thrill of climbing a mountain. The entire team of Marvel Trek is full of professionals who will be there to support and guide you throughout your mountaineering adventures.

Highlights of Three Passes Trek

  • Cross three of the popular and difficult passes of Nepal 
  • Explore the beautiful Khumbu valley 
  • Experience the traditions and hospitality of the Sherpa people. 
  • Close-up view of Mount Everest along with the other Himalayas. 

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Safety and Difficulties of Three Passes Trek

Three passes trek is categorized as a challenging and difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, and make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging.

 

The trek to three passes is all about walking 5-7 hours per day for at least 15 days. This only reason is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, and maybe snowy on off-seasons. The maximum height in this trek can be Kalapathhar (5644m) with other high passes on the way. It is best to complete the three-pass trek counter-clockwise.

 

Clockwise is not recommended due to its steep altitude gain of crossing the Renjo La pass first. There is also a high risk of mountain sickness. The primary cause of altitude sickness is a decrease in the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere. It’s important to carry handheld oximetry. Oxygen saturation below 75% may be a risk.

 

Symptoms of Mountain sickness

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast heartbeats

Preventing mountain sickness 

  • Walk slow
  • Stay hydrated
  • Have nutritional food 
  • Have enough rest
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol 

Medicines for mountain sickness 

  • Acetazolamide 
  • Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
  • Promethazine (for nausea)

Highpass Equipment List

Woolen t-shirts/shirts/thick sweaters. Backpack/Duffle bag
Thermal top/bottoms Passport
Jackets (Fiber or down). Passport size photographs
Raincoat Permit and travel insurance
Pair of sandals Suns cream and lip balm
Underwear Travel towel
Trekking trousers Wash kit
Sleeping trousers First aid kit :
Hiking shorts Power bank
Waterproof pants Summer/winter hat
Daypack Buff/bandana
Sleeping bag/Sleeping bag liner Water bottles and water purifiers
Hiking boots Trekking poles
Hiking shocks Charger/adapter
Camp shoes Money/cash
Gloves and beanies Camera
Snow glasses and sunglasses trekking map
Down jacket/Gore-Tex: Toiletries:
Neck gaiter: Water purification
Sun hat/woolen hat: Water bottles

Payment and Cancellation

Policy regarding Payment and Cancellation Payment:

Payment:
1) To confirm a reservation, a deposit equal to 30% of the total price is required.
2) If the payment is made online, the remaining balance is due 10 days before the Tour, Trekking, Peak Climbing, or Expedition begins. If the payment is made in cash, it can be made after arrival.
3) If the booking is made within 30 days of the expedition beginning, full payment must be made at the time of booking.

 

Cancellation:
1) A full refund of the deposit will be given if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled more than 60 days before the start date.
2) The deposit will not be refunded if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled within 30 days of its start date.
3) A tour, trek, peak climbing, or expedition will not be refunded if it is canceled prior to or on the start date.
4) All participants should strongly consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations or other occurrences.

 

Note: We reserve the right to modify or cancel any trek in the event of a natural disaster, political unrest, or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, a full refund or an alternative option will be provided.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Temperature and weather
Three pass trek is very challenging in terms of temperature since it is very harsh and extremely cold. The temperature in high passes can be as low as -12⁰C with a wind speed of around 6 mph. The average temperature in the spring season is around 15⁰C during the daytime and 1 at night. During the autumn season, it can be a little cold with a temperature of -5 to -10⁰C. This trek is a very difficult trek but good weather can help you in many ways. The best time to trek 3 passes is in spring and autumn. The bearable temperature, the clear skies, and atmosphere, stunning views of Rhododendrons and mountains, the best condition of the trails, all features make these seasons best for trekking.
Food and accommodation
There are enough teahouses throughout the way to Everest three passes. The teahouses are basically run by local Sherpa people. They have basic facilities like a warm room, blankets, and pillows. But they have to be shared with other trekkers as well. Also, the washroom and toilets have to be shared. Sometimes, you can get a single room with attached bathrooms. They also provide home-cooked meals like Dal, Bhat, vegetables, noodles, pasta, soup, and western food. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, hot chocolates, etc are also available on the teahouses. No camping is necessary unless you want to experience the camping trek. Staying in teahouses or lodges may cost up to 5- 10$ (500 -1000 NRS) per night. Teahouses have proper facilities of bathroom, hot shower, and internet access.
Transportation
The gateway for the three passes trek is Lukla and the easiest and the fastest way to reach Lukla is to take a flight from Kathmandu which only takes 35 minutes. You can also travel by bus but it is certainly a tiring route. There is no direct connection between Kathmandu and Lukla and you need to travel via Jiri. The flight to Lukla only operates in good weather so it is better to check on the weather before you plan to go. If the flights to Lukla get canceled, you can also take a helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla and it only cost around 150$ to reach but might cost you a little expensive to return back from Lukla.
Electronics and communication
As we all know, the Everest region is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Considering this fact, there are several teahouses which provide all kinds of facilities including electricity, telephones or other communication service and the internet. There is no problem with charging your electronics or talking to your friends and families. You can also be updated on your social media. Satellite phones are also available in higher altitudes.
Guides and porters
Being one of the most challenging treks, this trek is not recommended for solo travelers or without a guide. Guides have enough knowledge about the directions, accommodations, food, and many more things. A professional guide who can handle the situation is very much important in this trek. They usually charge 40$ per day. Since the trek is long and difficult, it is quite impossible to carry all the stuff by yourself. Porters are more than important in this trek. They usually charge 25-30$ per day.
Permits and fees
1) Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit · NON-SAARC countries- 3000 (excluding VAT) · SAARC countries- 1500 (excluding VAT) 2) Pasang Lhamu VDC permit – 2000 NRS 3) Trekkers Information Management System card (TIMS)- 1000NRS

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